AND THEY’RE OFF…
Neither the Liberals nor the New Democrats were able to find a candidate prior to the drop of the writ.
Kennedy handily took the district in the Oct. 9, 2007 provincial general election over Liberal Paul Baldwin.
Contacted at his home in Carbonear last week, Baldwin saidhe did not plan to run”at this time.”
But there’s a full slate of candidates in the other four districts — Port de Grave, Harbour Main, Bellevue and Trinity-Bay de Verde — in the Trinity-Conception region.
“I’m very pleased to be involved,” said 20year-old Sarah Downey of Makinsons, who is carrying the NDP banner in Port de Grave.
Downey is one of the young crop of candidates the NDP has attracted for this campaign. The former pageant winner and student activist is a very vocal member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.
“I’m trying to reduce voter apathy in our district,” she stated.
Port de Grave
Glenn Littlejohn is back for his second try at taking the Liberal fortress in Port de Grave for the Tories. Littlejohn came close to unseating popular MHA Roland Butler during the last trip to the polls.
But Port de Grave was one of only three districts to not get swept up in the wave of Tory blue and the popularity of then premier Danny Williams in the 2007 election.
Butler has retired from politics and this time around Littlejohn is facing newcomer Leanne Hussey. While this is her first run for a seat, Hussey is no stranger to politics, having been actively involved with the Liberal Party for more than a decade.
Despite earlier rumours he may be retiring from politics, veteran Tory MHA and cabinet minister Tom Hedderson has his election vehicle gassed up and is ready to hit the highway to begin his fourth trip down the campaign highway towards polling day.
He’s being challenged by long-time Avondale town councillor Bern Hickey, who served notice last week that he won’t be silenced. Hickey has been an outspoken critic of the provincial government.
“ This is one of the most neglected areas of the province,” stated Hickey, who is running for the Liberals.
St. John’s businessman Michael Maher, originally from Freshwater, Placentia Bay, will carry the NDP colours. Maher has never lived in the district.
Trinity Bay-Bay-de-Verde incumbent PC Charlene Johnson is back for her third trip to the polls. First elected to the House of Assembly in 2003, Johnson became the youngest woman ever elected to the House. She served as Minister of Natural Resources before being appointed Minister of Child Youth and Family Services.
Barry Snow is making his first foray into elected politics as the Liberal candidate for Trinity-Bay de Verde. A self-employed international business consultant, Snow has served as executive director of the Ireland Business Partnership.
The NDP is being represented by Sheina Lerman, whose NDP roots run back to the early 1970s, when she first joined the party in Ontario. Lerman moved to this province in 2000, and considers herself a “Newfoundlander and Labradorian by choice.”
In neighbouring Bellevue, which includes part of the Trinity South Shore from New Harbour to Whitbourne, incumbent MHA Calvin Peach is back for his second run for that district. Peach was first elected MHA on Oct. 9, 2007.
Writer, commentator and small business owner Pam Pardy-Gent is the Liberal candidate, while Gabe Ryan, a teacher at Crescent Collegiate in Blaketown, is running for the New Democratic Party. This is Ryan’s first try at provincial politics, but he has been actively involved at the executive level with the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association.
The governing Tories have candidates in place in all 48 provincial districts, while the NDP was expected to have 43 in place by Sunday. The Liberals had 34 as of late last week.